ACORN Scandal Reflects Poorly On Community Organizers

ACORN Scandal Reflects Poorly On Community Organizers


ACORN or the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now has been receiving some unwanted media attention lately. It seems that a pair of undercover journalists visited an ACORN office in Baltimore recently, seeking advice on how to legally establish their brothel which they said was to be staffed by underage illegal alien girls from El Salvador. In the course of their investigation, which was secretly filmed, the ACORN representatives explained to the “pimp” and the “prostitute” how they could pose their business as legitimate.

Well, as it typical with the news today, much of the main stream media ignored the story while FOX News and several leading online sites carried ran with it. Initially, ACORN officials resisted the charges levied by the journalists, but after conducting their own investigation, they fired the two workers who advised the journalists.

No U.S. Census Connection

If you haven’t seen the video then don’t worry, I’ve included it here for your review. Clearly, a number of laws were broken by ACORN, who by the way, will be helping to get the word out about the 2010 U.S. Census. No, it doesn’t appear that they’ll be actively doing the census, but they will be “partners” along with more than 30,000 organizations to help spread the word.

Back to the the ACORN expose – a number of laws were broken by the ACORN workers who were advising people they thought were attempting to set up an illegitimate, let alone immoral business. One ACORN rep encouraged the “prostitute” to list her profession as a “performance artist” in order to circumvent an obvious problem – prostitution isn’t a recognized profession on tax forms, at least not yet.

No Shame Whatsoever

Amazing, neither ACORN representative batted an eye when told that the girls staffing the brothel were illegal and underage. It didn’t seem to bother ACORN that the two people they were talking with were child sex traffickers at that. One of the reps said that the girls needed to be enrolled in school and how the couple could obtain tax credits for three of the supposedly thirteen girls who were to be employed at the brothel.

ACORN has been involved in voter fraud and other illegal behavior over the past several years. ACORN was a staunch supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential bid and received $832,000 from his campaign for their community organizing efforts. Let’s hope that prosecutors hold the tax specialists and ACORN accountable for their actions.

Further Reading

ACORN workers caught on tape allegedly advising on prostitution (CNN)

ACORN, Vote Fraud, and Prostitution (New American)

Chaos for Glory: My Time With ACORN (Big Government)

The ACORN Obama Knows (Michelle Malkin)


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".